Notch Hopper | Rock Art Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
17
Ratings:
77
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitburger
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is still available. Bought this today in Alburgh VT. Brewed 11/29/2016

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4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daudelin2000
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My can now refers to it as "Nawch Hoppa" instead of "Notch Hopper." Not sure if there were trademark issues or just a change of heart. In any case, on to the review.

Pours a slightly hazy, orange color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is very familiar, yet very satisfying. Smells like sweet grapefruit with resinous pine. Very nice. Taste is also very familiar, but very satisfying. The hop profile is grapefruit juice with pine much like the aroma. The malt profile is amazing. Sweet without being overpoweringly malty. Great balance! Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. The can says 77 IBU's, but as it warms, the bitterness is spot on.

I really like this beer. As I've already mentioned, it's very familiar, meaning it tastes like other great Vermont IPA's. Is that a bad thing? Maybe, maybe not. Yeah, maybe they haven't invented any new hop combination or process which provides an IPA we haven't had before, but they have created a VERY satisfying hoppy beer that is fairly easy to obtain when it's in rotation. Well done!

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are up in northern VT and don't want to wait on line or be treated condescendingly by the shopkeeper when you ask for sold out Heady Topper or Lawson's, this is an excellent substitute, available at convenient stores, gas stations, and the brewery itself (no line and great friendly couple who sell local artwork as well as great beer). Spend the day hiking instead of hunting. Then treat yourself to some of this. The Limited Session dipa is similar in quality and profile.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nlb802
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have enjoyed many a fresh can - piney, resinous, tropical. The malt profile is just right for me, not very thick or dark but a nice palate for the hops to shine. I enjoy this one more than the highly coveted IIPAs that sell out immediately. My FAVORITE BEER (at this point in my life)! :)

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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of meb3476
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a cloudy gold with a one inch frothy off-white head. Lacing is everywhere and clings to glass in huge patches.
S- The smell is big grapefruit mixed with resinous overtones.
T-Taste starts out with the huge grapefruit notes which subside into a resinous bitterness which lingers well after the finish. Malts are just enough to keep the bitterness from being overwhelming, but they play very little part in the overall taste profile.
F- The mouthfeel is medium and coats the tongue contributing to the persistence of the finishing dry bitterness.
O- This is another great Vermont DIPA. It's a very good alternative for those who can't or don't want to stand in line for the big boys. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of RABouffard
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this DIPA. Had it in a taste test with Sip of Sunshine, Heady Topper, Crop Idletyme DIPA, and Notch Hopper was unanimously chosen second only to Heady Topper. All DIPA's brewed in the Burlington Vermont area have something special about them, it must be the water, but they have an amazing mouthfeel, and crispness, and this is no exception. I agree it really comes alive when it warms up a bit. A nice well-balanced, crisply hopped, clean almost perfect DIPA. And you can buy it in stores, and not wait in line for hours to obtain a 4 pack. (or stop by the brewery in Morrisville).

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Notch Hopper from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 77 ratings